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October 31, 2018
Associate Professor Dr. Kuang-Yu Jen presented two posters “Clinicopathologic Characteristics of Kidney Allografts with Donor-Derived Diabetic Nephropathy” and “Deep Learning for Segmentation of Glomeruli, Interstitial Fibosis, and Tubular Atrophy in Renal Biopsies” at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual meeting in San Diego, October 23-28, 2018.  Dr. Jen was also a co-author on several posters with nephology fellows.

On October 26, 2018, UC Davis’ inaugural Symposium on Artificial Intelligence featured three podium presentations by pathology faculty members Drs. Levenson, Rashidi, and Graff, plus seven posters including other pathology faculty and housestaff.  Assistant Professor Dr. John Paul Graff co-organize this symposium.

Chair Dr. Lydia Howell and the Chair of Pathology at Augusta University, Amyn Rojiani, led a workshop “Generational Differences & Diversity: Impact in Your Practice” to a sell-out crowd at the College of American Pathologists’ annual meeting in Chicago on October 22, 2018.

Dr. Judith Kjelstrom, PhD, a 1973 graduate of the department’s clinical lab scientist training (CLS) program received the Meyers Distinguished Achievement Award, one of UCD’s highest honors. Dr. Kjelstrom is a member of the CLS training program’s Advisory Board.

Residency alumnus Dr. Guillermo Martinez-Torres was installed as the new President of the Foundation of the College of American Pathologists’ annual meeting in Chicago, October 19-23, 2018.

Professor Dr. Alexander Borowsky and the Wisdom Breast Cancer Study team were featured on KCRA News on October 16, 2018 to encourage women to sign up and participate in improving breast cancer screening and risk stratification. 

Assistant Professor Dr. David Unold taught two courses on transfusion medicine, apheresis, and coagulation topics using a “flipped classroom” approach at the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s annual meeting in Baltimore, October 3-8, 2018.  Faculty from Yale, Virginia Commonwealth University and others joined him in teaching this course.

October 15, 2018
Vice Chair of Graduate Medical Education Dr. Hooman Rashidi and his accomplishments as an award-winning teacher and app developer is featured in a new video from UC Davis Health.

The ophthalmic pathology service and the UC Davis Eye Center 's partnership with our department is the cover story in the latest issue of EnVision.

Several pathology faculty members, including professor emeriti Drs. Peter Barry, Murray Gardner, and Paul Luciw, are featured in the Center for Comparative Center’s website video which celebrates the Center’s 20th anniversary. 

Professor Dr. Alexander Borowsky represented the MUSE microscopy team in the Astellas C3 Grand Prize competition on October 4, 2018 at the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Dr. Borowsky appears in this video interview with the other C3 category winners. 

September 28, 2018
Professor Dr. Lee-Way Jin, Associate Professor Dr. Izumi Maezawa, together with Assistant Professor Dr. Angela Zivkovic (Department of Nutrition) and Professor Dr. Carlito Lebrilla (Department of Chemistry), have been awarded a new $3.4M  R01 grant from the Naitonal institute of Aging entitled “Comprehensive characterization of glycosylation alterations in Alzheimer’s disease”. This project is designed to comprehensively map the sugar modifications of proteins in the brains and blood of Alzheimer’s disease patients, in order to understand how these changes affect Alzheimer’s disease pathology. The goal is to enable precision medicine solutions through the discovery of new biomarkers for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

The department’s new Lab Director Iyda Antony, CLS, MBA is one of the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s “40 Under Forty” honorees.  This program honors ASCP members under the age of 40 for their achievements and leadership qualities that are making an impact on pathology and laboratory medicine.

Vice Chair of Strategic Technology Dr. Richard Levenson and the MUSE microscopy team won the technology category of the Astellas C3 Prize competition! MUSE is now in the running for the Grand Prize via a live pitch event at the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) World Cancer Congress on October 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Professor Dr. Regina Gandour-Edwards, Director of the Pathology Biorepository, is an investigator in a new $6.3M grant from the National Cancer Institute awarded to the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center to examining why some ethnic and racial minority groups fare worse than whites when they get cancer and to find more precise treatments to improve their chances of survival.  Tumor samples from minority and non-minority patients will be used to grow tumors xenografts in mice.

Associate Professor Dr. Kristin Olson has been appointed Associate Dean of Curriculum.   An innovative award-winning educator, Dr. Olson’s many honors include the 2018 UC Davis Outstanding Instructor Award in Basic Sciences, the 2015 Kaiser Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching in Clinical Studies, and is a two-time recipient of both the Ruebner-Rosenquist Excellence in Teaching Award from Internal Medicine, and the Pathology Residents’ Faculty Teaching Award.

September 19, 2018
On September 11-12, 2018, Irmi Feldman, Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator for our CAP-accredited Pathology Biorepository gave a presentation at OSCON 2018 (OpenSpecimen Data Management System - Community Meeting) in in Pittsburgh, PA on the OpenSpecimen workflow that she implemented for the JAX PDX (Patient Derived Xenograft) Models.

Assistant Professor Dr. Brittany Dugger and her colleague Ziqi Tang received 2nd place for their poster on artificial intelligence approaches to find amyloid plaques at the recent Northern California Alzheimer's Researchers' Symposium held at UC Berkeley.

August 28, 2018
Associate Professor Dr. Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño received a new $2.34M award from the NIH for her project "Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) pathology and anatomy: imaging and clinical correlates."

Department chair Dr. Lydia Pleotis Howell is featured in a new video series for UC Davis Health.  She shares her story and the importance of supporting women’s careers in medicine and science.  

Chief Administrative Office Catherine Diaz-Khansefid concluded a successful year as President of the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Research Administrators International at the chapter’s annual meeting on August 17, 2018 at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

Resident Dr. Guofeng "George" Gao is quoted in an announcement of Foundation Travel Grants from the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Dr. Gao’s travel grant will support his attendance at the ASCP meeting in Baltimore in October.  

August 16, 2018
Associate Professor Dr. James Chan has received two grants from the National Science Foundation. He was awarded $439,500 for his project “A Multifocal Approach for Improving the Speed of 1064 nm Raman Microscopy” and $200,000 for “Throughput Characterization of a Prototype Second Harmonic Generation Flow Cytometer for Stem Cell Derived Cardiomyocyte Purification.”

Vice Chair of Research Dr. Yvonne Wan and the Chair of the Department of Dermatology Dr. Samuel Hwang have received a $70,000 one-year award from the National Psoriasis Foundation for their collaborative project: "An experimental mouse model to understand the pathological role of high fat, high sugar (Western) diet in psoriasiform dermatitis."

The site PI for the NIH’s All of Us Study at UC Davis Health, Professor Dr. Alexander Borowsky, was interviewed for Davis Media Access’ “In the Studio” production.  Dr. Borowsky shares the study’s importance in advancing precision health and explains why we should all participate.

August 9, 2018
Vice Chair of Strategic Technologies Dr. Richard Levenson and his team received the Innovation of the Year Award from Microscopy Today for their new Microscopy with Ultraviolet Surface Excitation (MUSE).

The American Association of Clinical Chemistry featured several presentations from our department at their 70th annual scientific meeting in Chicago, July 29- August 2, 2018. Associate Professor Dr. Nam Tran gave an oral presentation on combining procalcitonin and POC molecular infectious disease testing with the new “lab in a tube” (LIAT) system for antibiotic stewardship, plus a poster on the clinical significance of biotin interference on the new troponin assay. Grad student Kelly Lima did a talk on the clinical performance of the LIAT and “just-in-time” implementation for flu season.

August 8, 2018
On July 29-August 3, 2018, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)’s Conference on Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, and One Carbon Metabolism was held in Nova Scotia, organized by Distinguished Professor Dr. Ralph Green. Presentations included platform presentations from Associate Professor Kostantinos Zarbalis on the role of folic acid in neurodevelopment, and from Associate Professor Laura Borodinsky on the mechanisms of folate action during neural tube formation.

Assistant Professor Dr. Brittany Dugger presented two posters on “Convolutional Neural Networks to Assess Amyloid Plaques in Post-Mortem Human Brain” and “The Presence of Neuronal Proteins in Human Submandibular Glands in Alzheimer’s Disease Patients and Non-Demented Individuals” at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Chicago, the world's largest forum for the dementia research community.

Associate Professor Dr. Konstantinos Zarbalis received a new R21 award for $431,750 from the National Institute of Mental Health for his project "Mosaic analysis with double markers in the study of neuronal migration disorders."

On July 15-19, 2018, the Association of Pathology Chairs’ annual meeting in San Diego featured three posters from faculty Dr. Elham Vali Betts, Dr. Kristin Olson, and Dr. Hooman Rashidi: “Incorporating Hematology Quiz Application in Hematology Education” and “Use of Online Tools in Improving Medical Student and Resident Education in Anatomic Pathology.

July 16, 2018
On June 11, Sacramento’s Channel 13 news featured the clinical chemistry section’s change to the new high-sensitivity troponin test.  Our laboratory is the second in California and one of only a handful in the nation to offer this new improved test.

Professors Dr. Krish Krishnan and Dr. Yvonne Wan received $420,000 over 4 years via an NIH-SC3 mechanism to train under-represented minority students in their collaborative project "Effect of Western Diet in Gastrointestinal Cancer by NMR Metabolomics".

Professor Dr. Krish Krishnan co-authored a new textbook with Professor Emeritus Dr. Yin Yeh from UCD's Dept. of Applied Science. 

Director of Clinical Chemistry Dr. Nam Tran was featured in a Medscape video describing how biotin supplements commonly taken by patients can interfere with lab tests and confound results

The department welcomed two new faculty members,  Mingyu Cheng, MD, PhD and Anthony Karnezis, MD, PhD. Dr. Chen completed a fellowship in genitourinary and renal pathology at Louisiana State Univ. Health Science Center, and has a background in tissue engineering. Dr. Karnezis Is a gynecologic pathologist who was a staff scientist and previous molecular oncology fellow at the University of British Columbia.

Eight outstanding new housestaff joined the department in the new academic year. Residents are Dr. Alison Chan (Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine/Midwestern Univ.), Dr. Peter Conner (St. George's Univ.), Dr. Tahera Iqbal (Touro Univ.), Dr. Ryan Thomas (Florida Int'l Univ.).  Fellows are Dr. Alejandro Mendoza (Cytopath), Dr. Lorne Holland (Informatics), Dr. Elham Karmangar (Surg Path), Dr. Alae Yaseen (Surg Path).

Resident Dr. George Gao has been selected for USCAP’s 2018 Resident Leadership Training Scholarship and will attend this special program at USCAP’s Interactive Learning Center in December.

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